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DAILY DEVOTION, Sept 22, 2021
But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation (Galatians 6:14-15).
Christians must never boast about their accomplishments. The only thing we have to boast about is the cross of Jesus, which brings salvation and new life to us. When Jesus appeared to Paul on the Damascus Road, his life was forever changed. He describes the change as a crucifixion. He is now dead to his old way of life.
He refers back to the Jewish Law. It no longer matters regarding salvation. The Old Covenant rituals like circumcision make no difference. What matters is becoming a new creation – – – a new person – – – once Jesus enters the picture. Faith in Jesus brings a new birth, a new way of life. We cannot say, “I am a Christian because I was baptized and partake of the Lord’s Supper and am a church member.” Those are all good, but rituals do not save us unless our lives reflect a new birth or a new creation. If you feel pride in yourself and your Christian achievements, you are on the wrong path. The pride we feel is in Jesus, our Savior. Without Him, we can do nothing worthwhile.
Father, Paul’s words make me think. Am I a new creation? Am I living a new way of life? Father, deliver me from trusting in my achievements or rituals to save me. Change my heart, oh God, I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
DAILY DEVOTION, Sept. 21, 2021
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith Galatians 6:9-10).
Do you ever get tired of trying to do the right thing? No one seems to appreciate what you do. Sometimes doing the right thing doesn’t seem to work out. Then you notice people who are living selfishly, and they seem to prosper. You may be thinking, “Why am I trying so hard to please God. I am weary of trying to live a consistent Christian life.” Paul encourages us to hang in there. Our good deeds will reap a reward in time. We may want immediate results which we do not see. So, do not give up on doing what is right. God notices, and the time will come when you will reap divine benefits. Do not lose heart.
Therefore, keep doing good to all kinds of people, especially to fellow believers. Paul is simply amplifying what he said in yesterday’s verse: you reap what you sow. The immediate “benefit” to Paul as he preached the Gospel was lots of heartaches. He was stoned, whipped, imprisoned, rejected by many, but he kept on. His life’s work has influenced millions of people all over the world to trust in Jesus, but it didn’t happen immediately. So, keep up the good work!
Our Father, we confess that there are days when we are weary of doing good. Help us to take the long view and remember that faithfulness to you will always reap benefits. Thank You for Your many promises. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
DAILY DEVOTION, Sept. 20, 2021
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
Paul warns us against trying to mock our God. When we sow to our old fleshly nature and think that God will overlook our disloyalty, we are sadly mistaken. Our omniscient God is aware of our every thought, word, and deed. When someone declares. “I am a Christian,” but then habitually manifests bad behavior that person is deceived. He is sowing seeds of corruption. It is forever true that we reap what we sow.
Mature Christians are cooperating with the Holy Spirit and sowing good works and the fruit of the Spirit. While our good works do not save us, they are forever present in the lives of Christians as signs of the reality of their faith. Those who have faith in Jesus, a faith verified by their lifestyle, are sowing seeds that will lead to everlasting life. We need to make sure we are planting good seeds in the way we live. You harvest the crop you sow.
Father, I pray that my life will demonstrate that I love and trust Jesus, my Savior, and Lord. Deliver me from the notion that I can ever deceive You. I want to honor Jesus in my daily life. I pray in His name, Amen.
DAILY DEVOTION, Sept. 18, 2021
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted Galatians 6:1).
As we move into the final chapter of the book of Galatians, Paul shifts his emphasis from doctrine to practical Christian living. What are we to do if we know that a fellow Christian is overtaken by sin? The word “overtaken” implies willful and continuous sin. Yes, Christians sometimes wander off onto the wrong path. Do we go after them harshly and tell them to get their act together? Paul suggests that our aim should be to restore the person, and that calls for gentleness. Most people do not respond to correction if they are approached with a “holier than thou” attitude and a harsh spirit.
We also need to remember that we are capable of succumbing to temptation. We are no better than the one who was overtaken in a trespass. We have all been “overtaken” at times. Therefore, gentleness is called for. The one overtaken is much more likely to respond to gentleness than harshness. If he doesn’t, you have done all that you can do.
Forgiving God, help me to take my Christian responsibility seriously. You have gently called me to repentance and faith in Your Son. May this same spirit of gentleness permeate my soul as I relate to others, especially those who have succumbed to temptation. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.